May is National Foster Care Awareness Month!
More than 26,000 youth transition out of the foster care system each year. Too many are just not ready. Without desperately needed financial assistance, family connections, educational, social and emotional support, many of these young people will struggle to overcome adverse situations.
The Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families Video Series, developed by the Children’s Bureau’s Capacity Building Center for States, demonstrates the importance of agency capacity and community and caregiver networks to strengthen families and achieve positive outcomes for children. In these videos, caregivers discuss their role in strengthening families through foster care practices and processes, including family reunification, adoption, therapeutic services, respite care, and collaboration with birth families and kin.
Check out Karen’s story below and visit the Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Awareness Month’s website page to view all videos in this series.